Random thoughts from Petros

I have just learned this morning that Bob Toledo has been fired and replaced by interim coach Ed Kezerian (aka the guy who waves the towel on the UCLA sidelines). The big question now is will Big Ed wave the towel during the games or not? Perhaps he'll just have the towel on his neck or wear it during pre-game only. It should be interesting to watch.

Orange Bowl

 

It's good to see things return somewhat to normal.  Since when did teams from the Big 12 and Big East play in the greatest bowl of them all, it feels weird to me but maybe I'm an 80's nostalgic.  You have to give the BCS credit for recognizing USC's 2nd half surge to become the scariest opponent in the country and rewarding them with the very prestigious Orange Bowl.  To be completely honest, Washington State deserves to be in the Rose Bowl.  They beat the Trojans and have a champion at quarterback in Jason Gesser who should be a little more recognized that he is in the Heisman Trophy race.  So credit the BCS, the system that has the ability to snatch the Trojans from the familiarity and relative obscurity of San Diego and the Holiday Bowl to instead place them in the tropical home of Tony Montana and Sylvester Stallone on a national stage in the Orange Bowl.  It is all going to be a trip to watch and to set up shop in South Beach for a while.  I've already begun to consider purchasing pink polo shirts and cigars.  This Iowa vs USC match-up should be pretty entertaining and I'll have a more in-depth analysis as the New Year approaches when I have a chance to watch some film on Iowa.  I do know they have a Kansas State style of defense with a good safety and they play physical.  This is why they have the 2nd ranked defense in the nation. We all know they have a great quarterback in Heisman Trophy candidate Brad Banks. It should be a great game to watch.

 

All Pac-10

 

I'm sure you are all up to speed on the All Pac-10 results and how they came out.  Everything seemed to be in order with the exception of a couple injustices which seem to occur every year when post-season honors are distributed.  Shaun Cody is the best defensive lineman SC has had in the program in over a decade but playing in less than one and a half conference games should not have secured him an honorable mention nod.  It should have gone to Omar Nazel, a big time performer this year who played through sternum and leg injuries.  Omar has resurrected his career and should have been recognized for it.  They can save the awards for Cody when he gets Defensive Player of the Year next season.  Also, I'm unhappy that Lenny Vandermade (who did play the bulk of the Pac-10 schedule before being injured) was not rewarded, he has been the heart of the Trojan o-line for years with his nastiness and physical play. Without him, the offensive line has some holes and I don't think Jacob Rogers gets 1st team honors without Lenny playing next to him.  Those are just some quick gripes….no big deal. 

 

New York

 

Yes, to the disdain of the entire local and national media I'm headed to the Big Apple to cover the Heisman Trophy race. Carson Palmer will not be there until Saturday afternoon and then he may be flying right out depending on if he wins or not so I have three days to kick around at CBGB and Birdland. I will write a report on it next week. What can be said about Carson now that the season has reached its end.  The man is up for every award there is and he's already winning some of them.  To see his career turn around the way it has was a lot of fun for all of us to watch.  It's a great story to see a guy with all the gifts in the world overcome adversity and show a lot of courage as well.  Let's see if those East coast candidates can cancel each other out and Carson can come home with the Heisman in the tightest trophy race in recent memory.    

 

Bob Toledo

 

In unrelated news, I have just learned this morning that Bob Toledo has been fired and replaced by interim coach Ed Kezerian (aka the guy who waves the towel on the UCLA sidelines).  The big question now is will Big Ed wave the towel during the games or not?  Perhaps he'll just have the towel on his neck or wear it during pre-game only.  It should be interesting to watch and I guess we'll all miss Bob Toledo.  I probably shouldn't take any shots at the guy when he's down so I won't….except to say that it was interesting to see him create a media firestorm about his job before anybody had said a word to him about it.  His boss, the AD, had no comment about the situation for two weeks.  Bob's still getting paid though and he should resurface somewhere else, let's be honest…he is a pretty good coach.  I guess I can give him a little love on his way out the door.  As for the towel waving guy, all I can say is my God….my God.

 

See you in New York.  Fight On. Petros. 

 

Petros Papadakis is a former USC tailback and the sideline reporter for Trojans football on KMPC-1540. He also hosts the Trojans pregame show and Tuesday night's USC Insider on KMPC-1540. On television, Petros is an analyst for Fox Sports Net's Southern California Sports Report and he's the sideline reporter for Fox Sports Net's "High School Game of the Week." When Petros is not doing television or radio he's waiting tables at his family's Greek restaurant, Papadakis Taverna, in San Pedro. Petros has no free time.


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